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Envisioning, Evaluating and Co-Enacting Performance in Global Health Interventions

Ethnographic Insights from Senegal

Diane Duclos, Sylvain L. Faye, Tidiane Ndoye, and Loveday Penn-Kekana

-enacted in the process evaluation of a supply chain intervention in Senegal. In other words, this article is not interested in describing qualitative methods as a range of research tools available to researchers, but in having a conversation about the

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Neutral evaluators or testimonial connoisseurs? Valuing and evaluating reconciliation in post‐genocide Rwanda

Laura Eramian

Countless reconciliation initiatives – state and non‐state, local and international – have emerged to redress the legacies of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Based on fieldwork with two Rwandan peace‐building organisations, this article takes an ethnographic perspective on how these organisations measure or evaluate ‘how reconciled’ Rwandans are. Organisations’ measurements of reconciliation are based on testimonies they collect from genocide survivors and perpetrators. They read ‘indicators’ into these testimonies to quantify the progress of reconciliation in a given region, but their process of deriving those numbers from testimony is never clear. I argue that organisation staff do not only stake their expertise on ‘objective’ measures of reconciliation that manage the ambiguities of testimony, but also on their performance of gifted subjective intuition to discern ‘authentic’ testimony from that which conceals ongoing enmity. As such, anthropological understandings of modern evaluative practices must take seriously both subjectivity and objectivity as potential sources of power and authority. In the end, evaluating reconciliation may not only be driven by organisational or political demands to produce metrics, but also by organisation staff's search for confirmation of their own worth in the post‐conflict recovery project and for signs that violence will not erupt in Rwanda again.

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Laudable Relations

Some Reflections on Working with International NGOs

Patrick Kilby

evaluation, which begs the question of impartiality. The second stand out from this research is the knowledge gap, where papers from authors from institutions in the Global South were poorly represented, suggesting a privileging of the Northern view of

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Public Evaluation of Society in China

The Social Quality Approach

Ren Liying and Zou Yuchin

, equal value, and human dignity ( Van der Maesen and Walker 2012 ). The conditional factors can be measured by indicators and constitutes an empirical benchmark for evaluating a society. An even important role in society is played by the changes of the

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How Do Students Rate Textbooks?

A Review of Research and Ongoing Challenges for Textbook Research and Textbook Production

Petr Knecht and Veronika Najvarová

This article argues in favor of including students in textbook research. As teachers decide which textbooks to use in their classrooms, they are the ones who influence textbook development. The article presents a research review of students' evaluations of textbooks, demonstrating that inviting students into the debate may result in interesting stimuli for improving textbooks. The article also discusses suggestions based on student feedback.

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Conceptualizing and Capturing Outcomes of Environmental Cleanup at Contaminated Sites

Brittany Kiessling and Keely Maxwell

“postremediation” stage of cleanups, after sites have been designated ready for reoccupation, redevelopment, and reuse. We engage research from across the social sciences on three key questions: What are the technoscientific practices of evaluating cleanup outcomes

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Part 6: Formative and summative evaluation and action research

Eva Infante Mora

There is an intrinsic link between action research and evaluation. An action research team analyses the problem they aim to solve and then develops action plans that should improve outcomes. But action research is a cyclical process that proceeds

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Evaluation of a Safe Spaces Program for Girls in Ethiopia

Annabel Erulkar and Girmay Medhin

targeted at girls in a range of circumstances. Most programs have demonstrated the effectiveness of the approach in reaching the most hard-to-reach girls. When evaluations are included in the programs, many demonstrate positive improvements. One of the

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On Interdisciplinarity and Models of Knowledge Production

Elena Khlinovskaya Rockhill

The six UK Genetics Knowledge Parks (GKPs) were shaped and governed by two frameworks: a 'need' to harness 'new genetics' and the relations of accountability as seen in the context of entrepreneurial government. The remit of the Cambridge GKP (CGKP) was to develop public health genetics by building on the concepts of partnership and interdisciplinarity. In the course of its work, the CGKP emphasized the virtues of 'change management', seen as distinct from, and opposed to, an academic model of knowledge production. However, the model that the CGKP actually created was a research/management hybrid that resisted quality assurance checks developed for each model (research and management), presenting a formidable challenge for the evaluation and assessment of the CGKP's work.

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'Being in Between'

Art-Science Collaborations and a Technological Culture

James Leach

Recent experimental collaborations in the United Kingdom have brought artists and scientists together in order to explore new possibilities for research. There is a particular sense of timeliness felt by organizers and participants of these projects that, in part, mirrors concerns about the trajectory and implications of scientific research more generally in society. Faith in the transformative power of technology is combined with explicit concerns over how much control humanity is able to exert over the dynamic of technological development. Highlighting an analogy with Papua New Guinean ritual, I suggest that the scheme discussed here is one of a number of ways in which people attempt to take control over powerful forces beyond their everyday experience—in this case, the apparently 'runaway' character of technological development and the implications that this development has for social change. The article is framed by a discussion of the role of social-scientific evaluation in the scheme.